Committees and Initiatives
As a leader in research, teaching, and service to humanity, Vanderbilt must tirelessly persevere and aspire to be a leader in seeking creative and bold solutions to building a true community that values difference, and develops the incredible potential found in all who join our community.
To help determine how Vanderbilt can strategically build on its reputation of a research powerhouse embedded in an arts and humanities environment, a Humanities Committee was appointed during the 2016-17 academic year, After an in-depth study of the university’s many current endeavors and an examination of the strengths of the best national models, the committee has produced a report exemplified by its bold recommendations and inspiring vision of the elevated role that humanistic inquiry can play in advancing our scholarship, research and the service we render to humankind.
Central to Vanderbilt’s mission are our commitments to equality, compassion, leadership, and service to the community and society at large. In order to prepare and educate our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead and transform the world, we must first offer them every opportunity not just to survive, but to thrive. Similarly, ensuring that Vanderbilt remains a leader in offering solutions to the challenges of a transforming world requires that we create an environment for faculty and staff that is truly conducive to creativity, bold innovation, uncharted discovery, and transformative teaching. To be sure, there is a breadth of meaning to “mental health and well-being,” including prevention, the continuum of care, overcoming stigma, and the role that cultural identity and other factors play in access to care.
A committee comprising university leaders, faculty, staff, a student and an alumna is currently leading a national search for Vanderbilt’s next vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente and André Churchwell, senior associate dean for diversity affairs at the School of Medicine, co-chair the committee.